A state record bowfin was caught by Matt Stender of Barboursville,
according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural
Resources. Stender caught the 28.43-inch, 9-pound, 4-ounce fish from
the backwater areas of the Ohio at Green Bottom Wildlife Management
Area in Cabell County on July 5, 2006 using fresh shad for bait.
Stender’s catch establishes a new West Virginia record for weight.
The previous weight record for bowfin was a 7.66-pound fish caught
by Carl A. Jaegar, III from a pond in Berkeley County. The previous
length record of 32.25 inches caught by Donald E. Newcomb, III still
stands as the West Virginia bowfin length record.
“The backwater areas of the Ohio at Green Bottom, major embayments,
and major tributaries of the Ohio are all good spots to try for
bowfin during the late spring and summer,” according to Jeff
Hansbarger, Assistant District Fisheries Biologist.
Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should
check the record listing in the 2006 Fishing Regulations brochure.
The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting
their catch. This information is also available online at
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